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Complete List of Festivals in the Philippines – Filipino Fiesta celebration date and place of occasion

Philippine Festivals and Fiesta CelebrationsI have long been planning on posting some sort of a complete list of festivals in the Philippines and I am wondering as of now how to go over with posting my list on a format that all Pinoys can enjoy and easily understand, relate to and share with other Filipinos whether abroad or living here in my country. As of now, what I am planning to do is to categorize this list that I have collected into a large compilation of the different festivities and fiestas we all enjoy year in and year out.

Some old folklore and sayings told us back when we are still kids that we have inherited the love of fiestas to the Spaniards, one of our longest captivity by another country back in the age of the war waged here and there. But the thing is, I know nothing about Spain and if the people in this country really love celebrations. One thing I know is the truth that Pinoys do love fiestas, celebrating and the idea of a celebration despite some of us lack the money to spend for it.

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Our parent and some old people would joke around saying these phrases in Tagalog – Ang Pinoy makapaghanda lamang ng fiesta ay mangungutang para ipakain lamang sa ibang tao (Filipinos would sacrifice getting in to credit just to have something to offer in the dining table during fiesta celebrations so other people can have something to eat). True, we do have this thinking back then when life wasn’t so hard for everybody and the cost of living and food isn’t that much hard to spend for making festivals easy to prepare with in terms of money and expenditures.

Now it’s time to see my list below. Please do note that this list will be divided into groups. One is categorized according to month of celebration or date of the observance and the place where it is celebrated. I’ll try as much as I could possible also to give this list in alphabetical order so students in their research will not have a hard time figuring my list out.

Festivals In Alphabetical Order Places of Celebration and Date of Occasion:

  • Apribada — Donsol, Sorsogon — 4th week of January
  • Arya! Abra Festival — Abra — March
  • Ati-atihan Kalibo — Aklan — 3rd weekend of January
  • Bayluhay Festival — San Joaquin, Iloilo — 3rd Saturday of January
  • Black Nazarene — Quiapo, Manila — January 9
  • Biniray – Romblon – January 9
  • Bonok-Bonok Festival — Surigao — September
  • Carabao Festival San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Pulilan, Bulacan; Angono, Rizal May 15
  • Caracol sa Makati — Makati City, Manila — last Sunday in January
  • Catandungan Festival Catanduanes October
  • Chinese New Year Chinatowns Late January or early February
  • Cutud Lenten Rites San Fernando, Pampanga April
  • Daro Sinulog – Dumaguete, Negros Oriental – 3rd week of January
  • Dia de Zamboanga Festival Zamboanga City February 26
  • Dinagyang Iloilo City 4th Sunday of January
  • EDSA Day — Mandaluyong City — February 25
  • Flores de Mayo Nationwide Month of May
  • Festival of Hearts — Tanjay City, Negros Oriental — February 14
  • Grand Cordillera Festival Baguio City November
  • Helubong Festival Lake Sebu, South Cotobato Second week of November
  • Hot Air Balloon — Clark Subic, Zambales — February 9-12
  • Ibalong Festival Albay Second week of October
  • International Bamboo Organ Festival Las Piñas Church February 15 to 25
  • Kaamulan Festival Malaybalay, Bukidnon Late February to early March
  • Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival Davao City 3rd week of August
  • Kagayhaan Festival Cagayan de Oro August 28
  • Kahimonan Abayan Festival Butuan City July
  • Kalilangan Festival — General Santos City — 4th week of February
  • Kansilay Festival Silay City, Negros Occidental November 5 – 13
  • Kinabayo Festival Dapitan City July 24
  • Lantern Festival San Fernando, Pampanga December 24
  • Lanzones Festival Camiguin October25-28
  • Lingayen Gulf Landing – January 9
  • Lubli-Lubi Festival Calubia, Leyte August 15
  • Maradjao Karadjao Festival Surigao City September
  • MassKara Festival Bacolod City Third weekend of October
  • Misa de Gallo Nationwide Starts December 16
  • Moriones Festival Boac, Mogpog & Gasal, Marinduque Holy Week
  • Mudpack Festival Murcia, Negros Occidental June 24
  • Our Lady of Candles Festival Jara, Iloilo February 2
  • Pagoda Festival Bocaue, Bulacan July
  • Pahiyas sa Quezon Sariaya, Lucban, Tayabas in Quezon May 15
  • Palo-Palo Festival Batanes August
  • Pamulinawen Festival Laoag City, Ilocos Norte February
  • Parada ng Lechon Balayan, Batangas June 24
  • Peñafrancia Festival Naga City, Camarines Sur 3rd Saturday of September
  • Penagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival) Baguio Flower Festival Late February – Early March
  • Piat Sambali Festival Cagayan Last week of June
  • Pilgrimage on a Caravan La Union, Pangasinan Lenten Month
  • Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Tacloban, Leyte June 29
  • Pinta Flores Festival San Carlos City 3-5 November 3-5
  • Pinyahan sa Dael Daet, Camarines Norte June 15-24
  • Sagayan Festival Tubod, Lanao del Norte First week of July
  • San Clemente Higantes Festival Angono, Rizal November 23
  • Sandugo Festival Tagbilaran City July 1-2
  • San Fernando, La Union Festival — La Union — February 7-10
  • Santacruzan Nationwide Month of May
  • Sarakiki Hadang Festival Calbayog City, Samar September 7
  • Sayaw sa Obando Obando May 17, 18, and 19
  • Shariff Kabunsuan Festival Cotabato City Third week of December
  • Sinukwan Festival San Fernando, Pampanga Early December
  • Sinulog Cebu City, Cebu 3rd Sunday of January
  • Sinulog de Tanjay Festival Tanjay, Negros Oriental July
  • Suman Festival — Baler, Aurora Quezon Province — 3rd Week of February
  • Sumbali Festival Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya A Week in August
  • Taong Putik Festival Aliaga, Nueva Ecija June 24
  • Tawo-Tawo Festival — Bayawan City — February 17
  • T’boli Tribal Festival Lake Sebu, South Cotobato September
  • Tinagba Festival Iriga City, Camarines Sur February 11
  • Turumba Festival Pakil, Laguna Week before Holy Week
  • Vigan Town Fiesta — Vigan Ilocos — January 25
  • Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival Zamboanga City October 1-12
  • Zambulawan Festival Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur 3rd Sunday of January

Please note that this list will be developed and updated whenever we find another celebration of festival in the Philippines that we still haven’t listed here.

On your end as our readers, please list your celebration of fiesta or festivity using our comment section so we can add them up here and be officially recognized as part of our age old list of celebrations.

On the other hand, if you liked this post, please share in your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google + and other social media accounts online. Thank you very much.

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